Today has been a blissful day for media personalities, Nana Kwao Ansah and Gifty Anti as they got joined together in holy matrimony.

They tied the knot in what has been called a royal wedding. The wedding ceremony took place at East Legon and the reception at Aburi in the Eastern Region.

Many members of Nana Kwao Ansah’s royal family, friends of Gifty Anti in the media, musicians and dignitaries were present on their big day.

Singer Becca was billed to perform for the couple. See below for photos and videos of everything that happened at Gifty Anti and Nana Kwao Ansah’s royal wedding.

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All is set for the MUSIGA Congress slated for the Eastern regional capital, Koforidua and scheduled for Thursday October 29, to Saturday, October 31, 2015.

 This follows a meeting between the Union’s Election Committee and some of the candidates contesting for MUSIGA’s national elections.

The meeting discussed a number of issues relating to the congress including the delegates list for the elections.

The chairman of the Election Committee, Ben Brako, assured the candidates that the Election Committee is operating in the supreme interest of the Union and not in any individual’s interest.

 

 He said the Union had taken steps to ensure that all preparations have been made for a successful congress adding that the appropriate institutions like the Electoral Commission and the Police have all been duly informed.

He also advised the candidates to campaign without acrimony and malice saying the Union is one big family and candidates should bear that in mind no matter how passionately they feel about issues.

Present at the meeting were all three presidential candidates, Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Appiah Dankwa aka Appietus and the incumbent, Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour.

Other candidates present included Ras Caleb Appiah Levi who is vying for the National Organiser position, Deborah Freeman, Rev Dr Thomas Yawson, Benedict Kolan and Bessa Simons who are all standing unopposed.

President John Dramani Mahama has asked Ghanaians to be prepared to pay a little more for electricity if they want reliable power supply.

He said once Ghana was going to rely more on thermal for power generation, which is more expensive compared to hydro, the cost of electricity would naturally go up.

Speaking on Garden City Radio in Kumasi Monday, he said it was important that the reality was told about the power situation.

“If we do not want dumsor and we genuinely want reliable and sustainable power, then we should be ready to pay more and that is the reality," he explained.

President Mahama, who was in the Ashanti Region on a working visit, had, at various fora, hammered home the fact that the government was working hard to address the power crisis.

The Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC) is currently on a sensitisation mission in the regions to explain the need to increase electricity tariffs.

But the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and civil society organisations have kicked against any astronomical increase in tariffs, since, in its view, it will worsen the plight of the ordinary worker.

Hydro unreliable

President Dramani said it was all clear that the country could no longer put all its hopes on hydro.

The evidence, he explained, could be seen in the falling water level of the Akosombo Dam.

He attributed the rather terrible development to climate change, which had become a major global issue, and sounded the warning that if the situation persisted, four units of the plant might be shut down.

“We may have to shut down four units and rely on only two because of the water level at Akosombo,” he said.

Currently, he said, the dam was just four feet above the minimum operating level, while 500MW of power was off.

That was in spite of the fact that at this time of the year, the water level must be between 155 and 160 feet, he added.

Ending power crisis

President Mahama re-emphasised his determination to fix the power crisis permanently.

He said to ensure that gas plants were constantly fed with gas, pipelines were being constructed from the Atuabo Gas Plant to the Tema enclave.

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WAPCo debt

On the recent threat by the West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo) to cut gas supply to Ghana if it failed to honour its debt to the company, the President said the Volta

River Authority (VRA) had reached an agreement with Nigeria for the pre-financing of gas while payment arrangements were made.

He explained that the debt came about as a result of the gas pipeline that burst in 2012.

The pipeline transports gas from Nigeria to Ghana. That development, he said, negatively affected the finances of the VRA, which trickled down to its inability to meet payment schedules to Nigeria. He, nonetheless, said efforts were being made to pay up

Voters register

Asked about the agitation by the Let My Vote Count Alliance and the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for a new voters register for the 2016 elections, President Mahama re-emphasised the need to allow the Electoral Commission (EC) to decide on it. He said the EC was the only body clothed with the law to decide on the issue.

Development

The President touched on the numerous development projects being undertaken in the Ashanti Region and said it demonstrated the government's commitment to improve the living conditions of the people.

Six persons, including the assembly member for the Agbedrafor electoral area in the Keta District, have been arrested for illegally using electricity worth GH¢18,074.

The assembly member, Emmanuel Amuzu, is alleged to have illegally used electricity worth GH¢3,674.03 to power his irrigation pumps for the past three years.

The other five suspects, Janet Darvordze, E.C. Agboada, Etu Klagbo, David Kwame Ocloo and Bright Serene, were alleged to have illegally used electricity amounting to GH¢14,400 in their houses and to power water pumps to irrigate their farms.

Amuzu has since paid GH¢1,550.00 of the total of GH¢3,674.03 which is cost of the electricity he used illegally.

Monitoring exercise

The six were arrested during a house-to-house monitoring exercise by the Revenue Protection Unit of the ECG in the Volta Region. It forms part of a nationwide exercise.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the Volta Regional branch of ECG, Mr Fred Baimbill-Johnson, the suspects were found to have illegally connected electricity to their homes to power water pumps to irrigate their farms.

After the arrest, the six were handed over to the Keta Police to continue with investigations into the matter. They have since been granted police enquiry bail.

Giving a breakdown of the indebtedness of the other suspects, Mr Baimbill-Johnson said Janet owed GH¢5,273.73; E.C. Agboada, GH¢1,023.92; Klagbo, GH¢2,944.19; Ocloo, GH¢2,989.91 and Serene, GH¢ 2,170.35.

Police support

The Volta Regional General Manager of ECG, Ing. Joseph Forson, commended the police for their unflinching support for the exercise and the cooperation of customers in volunteering information on illegal activities in their neighbourhoods.

Ing Forson said the ECG was liaising with the police to ensure that the arrested customers were prosecuted and punished for power theft.

The Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has directed the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and the Ministry of Finance, to ensure that all unposted nurses receive their clearance letters to start work, before October 23 this year.

The Employment Minister, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, disclosed this when a group of unposted nurses picketed close to the Flagstaff House yesterday in Accra.

He also said a committee had been set up to address all the challenges relating to the posting of nurses to prevent future occurrences.

Protest

Numbering about 150, the group, led by its National President, Mr Emmanuel Geyevo, attempted to enter the Flagstaff House but were stopped by the police.

The group then gathered on a park about 500 metres away from the Flagstaff House where they vowed to spend the night until their concerns had been addressed.

An attempt by the President of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA), Mr Kwaku Asante-Krobea, to calm the tempers of the angry nurses was unsuccessful, as the group vowed not to leave until President John Mahama had granted them audience.

After spending close to three hours at the park, a delegation from the Ministries of Employment and Labour Relations, Finance and Health arrived to talk to them.

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Government assurance

Mr Iddrisu said efforts were being made to address challenges relating to the posting of the nurses. He explained that their postings had been delayed because the government wanted the financial aspect to be completed before their posting.

For his part, a Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr Cassiel Ato Forson, said financial clearance had been given to ensure that when posted, they would receive their salaries.

He, therefore, advised them to go home and wait for their clearance letters, which he indicated would be issued before the end of the week.

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Speaking to the Daily Graphic, the President of the group, Mr Geyevo, said they were not satisfied with the response from the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations since “it is not the first time we are hearing this”.

According to him, the leadership of the group had on three occasions met and discussed their concerns with the sector minister but nothing came out from that.

“However, since the directive is coming from Vice-President Amissah-Arthur, we will go but we will return if our clearance letters are not given before the agreed date,” Mr Geyevo said. He said about 5,000 nurses were waiting for their posting letters.

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Ghanaian actor, Van Vicker and his lovely wife, Adjoa are currently thanking God for a fruitful union which has been able to withstand the various pressures that has been associated with it.

Van Vicker might play the role of a lover boy in most of his movies because of his handsome looks, but in real life he is very much a family man.

The actor and his wife are currently celebrating their 12 years anniversary of their marriage which has been blessed with two girls and a boy.

They two love birds actually met in 1993 but decided to walk down the aisle in 2003.

Ghana's debt will escalate further on Thursday, October 22, 2015 because the Bank of Ghana (BoG) on behalf of government will issue a three-year fixed rate bond to the tune of Ghc1.5 billion.

The instrument which is opened to both local and over­seas investors will be issued at par.

Information posted on the website of BoG said the bond would be redeemed by the issuer on October 25, 2018.

According to the Central Bank, the instrument will bear a coupon rate equal to the highest competitive bid accepted at the auction for the security.

The coupon rate will subsequently be carried out throughout the term of the security.

The minimum bid however will be Ghc50,000 and mul­tiples of Ghc1,000 thereafter.

The Finder gathered that the issuance of the debt instru­ment has become necessary because of the government's financial situation whilst some of the funds raised would be used to settle maturing debts and fund some capital proj­ects.

Already, the International Monetary Fund has predicted that Ghana's public debt stock will hit 72 percent of GDP, about Ghc83 billion by December 31, 2015.

Government's borrowing spree also continued on the domestic market as it borrowed Ghc125.2 million in treas­ury notes alone from the domestic bond market between July 6 and September 14, 2015.

Out of this, 79.6 million which was the biggest was issued on September 11, 2015 Ghc32 million and Ghc5 million issued on July 24, 2015 and August 28, 2015 re­spectively followed suit.

The yield for the 2-year notes was however 23 percent, higher than the previous 22.5 percent.

The Electoral Com­mission (EC) stakehold­ers' forum on the contro­versial voter register is scheduled for October 29 and 30 at the Alisa Hotel in Accra, a source at the Commission has hinted Daily Guide.

The 2-day forum will bring all interest groups, particularly political par­ties, to brainstorm on the way forward regarding the bloated register which some of the parties are call­ing for a new one to be compiled.

Opinions favour a fresh register for the sake of peace, as religious leaders and other concerned citi­zens advocate.

"This forum has become necessary follow­ing the recent public con­cerns over the credibility of the voter register and calls for its replacement by some political parties and per­sons," a statement signed by Charlotte Osei, EC chairperson, pointed out.

About 15 political par­ties and over 30 other groups submitted propos­als for the way forward in having a credible electoral roll with two former presi­dents giving thumps-up for a fresh register.

According to the EC, "It is the expectation of the Commission that the con­ference would create a common platform for all constructive views on the register to be heard with the aim of building consensus on the way forward towards the upcoming 2016 presidential and par­liamentary elections."

The main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) believes that the current electoral roll is riddled with numerous non- Ghanaians as well as minors, in addition to its manipulation, making it tainted for any credible elections, while the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) advocates its maintenance.

Some pressure groups, eminent statesmen and women and religious organizations think that for the 2016 general elections to be credible, going for a fresh register may be the better way out.

The chairman of the Christ Apostolic Church International, Apostle Dr. Stephen Ntow Amoani, has joined other religious lead­ers who are asking the Electoral Commission to compile a new voter regis­ter ahead of the 2016 elections to promote peace.

He asserted that the Bible admonishes Chris­tians to pursue peace say­ing, "If the current voter register would not give us peace then we need to change it. Why don't we change it since we are look­ing for peace?" he quizzed.

The Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference also believes that the EC should take urgent steps to investi­gate the allegations that about 76,000 persons from neighbouring countries have their names in the biometric voter register.

"The allegations of over 76,000 names of persons from neighbouring coun­tries discovered in the cur­rent register must be inves­tigated and the proper process be conducted if the allegations are found to be true. If this and other alle­gations are found to be true, it will be necessary to have a new voter register to enable people to have confidence in the electoral process," the Bishops implored.

Dr. Joyce Aryee, former minister and stateswoman, also believes that the way forward is a fresh register.

The Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministries said on Multi TV's 'My own personal feeling' that "You don't want to work with a document that is so controversial.... I think the best thing to do is to stop all the controversy and get a new one."

She added that a "clean slate" will "shut everybody up so when you lose, you lose; when you win, you win."

The Ashanti Regional Chief Imam, Alhaji Abdul Mumin Haroon, has also observed that the replace­ment of the register is the way to go, in view of calls from several groups.

Alhaji Haroon said Muslims should not be left out in the call for a fresh register in the interest of the nation.

Over 5,000 trainee nurses and midwives who have completed their studies but yet to be posted would besiege the Flagstaff House today.

They will be picketing and occupying the presidency for hours over delays in their postings.

The agitating nurses and midwives say several attempts to get government to address their concerns have failed.

Emmanuel Geyevo, President of the Ghana Nurses and Midwife Trainees Association in an interview with Starr News said they hope to catch the attention of the President with this morning’s action.

“We have lost trust…we have tried to comfort our members but now it is getting out of hands, we can’t sustain their anger again so we are going to the President to ask why we have been left at home after training”.

The investigative committee set up to gather evidence on allegations of bribery against 34 judges and magistrates will Monday begin hearing the allegations against seven High Court judges.

Notices have been sent to the implicated judges, their lawyers and the undercover investigator, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, to appear before the committee.

A timetable outlining when each judge is expected to appear has also been drawn.

One of the affected judges, Mr Justice John Ajet-Nasam, the Daily Graphic gathered, is expected to be the first high court judge to appear before the committee.

Justices Ajet-Nasam, F. Opoku, Ernest Obimpeh, Ohene Essel, Ayisi Addo, K. Essel Mensah and Ivy Heward-Mills (Mrs) are the other judges expected to appear before the committee.

Retired Justices Yaw Ansu Gyeabour and Mohammed Ahmed Mustapha, who were also caught on the video prior to their retirement, are being investigated by the police.

The judges are anticipated to report to the Committee from October 19, 2015, to December 11, 2015.

Each of them has been given five days and a total of 30 hours to prove their innocence.

They are also to cross-examine Anas, whose Tiger Eye P I team uncovered the biggest scandal to hit the Judiciary.

The 34 judges, magistrates and 146 members of staff of the Judicial Service, police officers and state attorneys were captured on a 500-hour video allegedly taking bribes to subvert justice.

Anas’s private investigative company, Tiger Eye P I, conducted a two-year investigation, which produced the 500-hour video that captured the 34 judges and others allegedly engaging in bribery and extortion.

One court clerk was even caught in a sex scandal.

One of the High Court judges implicated in the video, Paul Uuter Dery, is on the heels of any organisation that attempts to screen the video while 14 Circuit Court judges have filed a suit seeking to stop disciplinary proceedings instituted by the Judicial Council to investigate the matter.

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